Shamwari Field Guide Training Program

By December 13, 2019 Certified Guiding Courses
A Beautiful and Memorable Experience…

Whether you would like to embrace your love for conservation and the outdoors or would like the opportunity to gain the influential NQF2 Field Guide Qualification, to become a Qualified Field Guide...

Our 9 week program offers an engaging and rewarding world class experience for all in the midst of the iconic Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

What’s included:

  • FGASA and CATHSSETA Accredited Training.
  • Gain the internationally recognised and influential NQF2 Field Guide Qualification.
  • 9 Week comprehensive program.
  • Additional qualifications in First Aid, Rifle Competency and Snake Handling all included in the price.
A Beautiful and Memorable Experience…

Whether you would like to embrace your love for conservation and the outdoors or would like the opportunity to gain the influential NQF2 Field Guide Qualification, to become a Qualified Field Guide.

Our 9 week program offers an engaging and rewarding world class experience for all in the midst of the iconic Shamwari Private Game Reserve..

What’s included:

  • FGASA and CATHSSETA Accredited Training.
  • Gain the internationally recognised and influential NQF2 Field Guide Qualification.
  • 9 Week comprehensive program.
  • Additional qualifications in First Aid, Rifle Competency and Snake Handling all included in the price.

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Our Guide Academy at Shamwari

The VWI FieldGuide Training Program at Shamwari Private Game Reserve, custom developed through our in-house, professional Guide Training Academy, offers participants a world class 9 week (63 day) experience and the opportunity to indulge their passions for wildlife and the natural world in which we live in a truly exceptional setting.

Our 63-day, fully comprehensive course is set to the backdrop of world famous Shamwari Private Game Reserve and offers students not only an engaging opportunity to expand their knowledge of the natural world, but whilst doing so, to become officially qualified Field Guides under the expert tuition and mentorship of our highly experienced training staff. Owing to the location of the course, our custom developed syllabusand quality of the training supplied, students upon successful completion gain an influential qualification recognised not only in South Africa but well beyond our borders also.

Fully endorsed by FGASA (The Field Guides Association South Africa), our training program at Shamwari offersall the necessary training and support to ensure that candidates are in a position to excel, whatsoever their reasons for attending may be, after successful completion of the assessments.

In addition to the structured core theoretical and practical syllabus, included as part of your 63 day stay with us are additional qualifications in First Aid, Rifle Competency and Snake Handling to create one of the most comprehensive and complete courses available within South Africa.

No previous experience in the field isrequired for participants to the program but applicants must be 18 years of age or older with a good understanding of written and spoken English and be in possession of a valid South African or international driver’s license (manual or ‘stick shift’). The only other requirements to attend are a passion for conservation, fauna and flora and an ability and willingness to interact and pass on knowledge to others!

Whether you looking to begin your career as a Field Guide or simply wanting to embrace your passion for wildlife and the natural world as a gap year student, career break professional or retired person, our custom designed course offers the experience of a lifetime for all and so much more beyond!

Our Syllabus

Our custom developed program operates over a 63-day period with each course divided not only into the two main components of theory and practical learning, but also to include additional training and qualifications in First Aid, Rifle Competency and Snake Handling.

Theory: Lectures are undertaken with regularity to support further practical work and may be conducted either in our cozy bush classroom at Esengeni or whilst on drives around the Shamwari reserve. Subjects covered in (but not limited to) the course are as follows:

  • Creating a guided nature experience
  • Geology
  • Weather and Climate
  • Astronomy
  • Ecology
  • The Biomes
  • Taxonomy
  • Plants and Grasses
  • Arthropods
  • Fish and Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Animal behaviour
  • Conservation management
  • Historical human habitation

Practical: Regular game drives put you directly behind the wheel and help develop all the practical skills and exposure necessary.  Our students are then able, through combination of the practical and theoretical skills learned, to effectively and knowledgeably conduct a first rate guided experience and achieve all elements required to gain the FGASA NQF2 Guiding Qualification.

Our Campus: Introducing Esengeni

The VWI Guide Academy’s Esengeni Campus offers students a best of all worlds location and provides all necessary resources and requirements for our students in the undertaking of their training.

Lying directly adjacent to and offering direct access for regular game drives on the Shamwari Reserve, our Esengeni Campus itself spreads over 650+ hectares of natural bush through which our students are free to roam and grow their knowledge.

The property also provides the location for our cozy, thatched bush classroom where many of our theory lessons are undertaken surrounded by indigenous wildlife such as baboon, kudu, warthog, duiker – even the occasional leopard and brown hyaena may be seen by the lucky few.

 

The Reserve: Shamwari Private Game Reserve, nr Alicedale, South Africa

Shamwari, one of the worlds most famous private game reserves, offers its pristine scenery and abundance of natural biodiversity to form the perfect base for all of our students learning. From regular sightings of Africa’s famous ‘Big 5’ to the huge range of bird species and multiple specific floral biomes within its extensive boundaries, there really is no better location to train as a field guide within South Africa!

Malaria free and situated just a little over an hours drive from the tourist, nightlife and shopping mecca of Port Elizabeth, students choosing the VWI Field Guide Training Program at Shamwari Private Game Reserve are able to enjoy the very best South Africa has to offer for all they could ever wish for!

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What's Included:
Not Included:
  • A dedicated professional and highly qualified on site training team
  • Comprehensive info pack and in country support
  • Accommodation at our stunning ‘Red Roofs Manor House’, directly adjacent to the Shamwari Reserve
  • Full time services of a camp manager
  • All course fees and registrations
  • Food, tea, coffee and juice throughout your stay
  • WiFi access
  • Laundry service (once per week)
  • 4×4, first aid and snake handling training
  • Uniforms (2 x shirts and cap)
  • Flights and transfers (return transfers from Port Elizabeth Airport can be arranged to the reserve at additional cost)
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance (required)
  • Weekend activities outside of course operation
  • Stipends
  • Visas (where required – please contact our team should you need advice)

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